Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel

Raphael Ahren

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Past articles by Raphael:

In intractable struggles over West Sahara and W. Bank, some see thorny parallels

Both places are claimed by one people and occupied by another. Could US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the one have impact on the status of the other? → Read More

US-Israeli delegation to take 1st direct flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat next week

Trump official says team headed by Kushner and Berkowitz will land in Israel Monday, jet off the next day for Morocco to advance recently announced normalization deal → Read More

NY-based rabbi seeks to bring US Jews to visit the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia

'The grand prize for Jewish tourism is not Israel but the American Jewish community,' says Marc Schneier, who will launch new initiative alongside Bahraini tourism minister → Read More

After years undercover, diplomats who built Gulf ties inch out of the shadows

Serving under false identities in Arab states to promote bilateral relations, envoys given go-ahead to reveal some of their stories, not names, as relations come into the open → Read More

Norwegian diplomat tapped as UN’s new Middle East peace envoy

Tor Wennesland set to replace Nickolay Mladenov, who was named as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s new special envoy for Libya → Read More

If unstopped, Iran will become ‘global bully,’ Netanyahu tells top Trump aide

PM and visiting US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien discuss 'regional issues, shared security concerns and the Abraham Accords' → Read More

A rich Jewish past, and present: Why Israel’s deal with Morocco is so resonant

Unlike other longtime and fresh peace partners of Israel, Morocco has an ongoing connection to the Jewish people, and many Israelis will be rushing for a direct flight 'home' → Read More

‘This will be a very warm peace’: Netanyahu hails Israel’s new ties with Morocco

At Western Wall Hannuka ceremony, PM notes historic friendship between Moroccans and Jews, says working toward establishing full diplomatic relations 'as rapidly as possible' → Read More

Israel joins UAE-based international body fighting organized crime

Emirati deputy PM says Jewish state will add strength to 10-member International Security Alliance → Read More

No labels: Israel’s new Gulf partners seem happy to do business with settlements

Wine from the Golan, olive oil from the West Bank: Despite the political sensitivities, companies in UAE and Bahrain appear unfazed about where their trading partners are located → Read More

Good prince, bad prince: Israelis should not be shocked by Saudi royal’s anger

Turki bin Faisal was the public face of Riyadh's covert rapprochement with Jerusalem, so why did he now launch a vociferous rant against normalization? → Read More

Dubai museum, Jerusalem heritage center ink interfaith partnership

Crossroads of Civilizations Museum and Jerusalem's Heritage Center for Middle East and North Africa Jewry agree to 'highlight positive historic relationship between Jews and Arabs' → Read More

Saudi prince: Bully Israel steals land, puts Palestinians in concentration camps

In blistering attack, Turki al-Faisal says Jewish state built 'apartheid wall'; FM Ashkenazi says he regrets comments, which don't reflect recent changes in the Middle East → Read More

In backtrack, Bahrain won’t import settlement and Golan goods as made in Israel

Bahrain foreign minister says he spoke with Palestinian counterpart and clarified position after trade minister said Manama wouldn't make distinction → Read More

Bahraini minister gets spiritual as he tours Jerusalem’s Old City

Zayed Alzayani says he 'snuck out' to get feel for city, compares nighttime stroll that brought him near Western Wall, Dome of the Rock to his visits to Mecca and Medina → Read More

Bahrain will treat settlement goods as made in Israel, visiting minister says

Aligning with US and contradicting EU policies, Zayed Alzayani says his country won't make a distinction based on 'which city or which region' Israeli goods were produced in → Read More

Czech Republic says it will open diplomatic office in Jerusalem

Israel fetes country's decision to become second EU member state to establish official mission in the city; Prague says its positions on peace process remain unchanged → Read More

EU urges ‘strong and systematic judicial response’ to rising anti-Semitism

Foreign Ministry, Jewish groups welcome conclusions adopted by Council of the European Union, which also call for 'news ways to remember the Holocaust in a meaningful way' → Read More

Netanyahu congratulates ‘our new friends’ in the UAE on their National Day

'When the UAE succeeds, Israel succeeds. And when Israel succeeds, the UAE succeeds,' PM says in video; Emirati news agency calls peace treaty the 'major political event of 2020' → Read More

In Israel, Bahraini minister says peace deal a ‘case study for others to follow’

Zayed Alzayani says his country eager for direct flights to Tel Aviv; Netanyahu says normalization promises economic benefits 'unimaginable just a few months ago' → Read More